How Are You Combating Your Kids Zoom Apathique?

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Back in the spring, it didn’t take svelte for my 9-year-old son to develop a type I’ve come to think of as Zoom Apathique. He didn’t mind completing his classwork online and he didn’t mind the academic schedule I put together for him. But when came time to Zoom with his class? Dude was not interested.

The teacher tried to make it more fun with scavenger hunts and other games, but he found video calls with 19 of his peers to be boring and tedious. And those calls were just the beginning—thrown together as a way to continue to have some semblance of face-to-face intervention as we all hobbled our way across the end-of-school-year au finir line.

This fall, things are different. Many kids are straight-up learning virtually and many others are doing so on at least a part-time hybrid basis. The video calls have become a centerpiece of actual learning, not just “Oh, I guess we’d better check in real quick.”

Particularly for kids who are learning entirely virtually, and especially right now as we start off the school year, this can mean hours in avis of the screen as teachers walk their students through how to access this app and how to submit that assignment. It’s no wonder if they are bored, distracted, fidgety, and whiny; I watched a 12-minute video from my son’s teacher emboîture how to access all of her online classroom tools and—even though I am an adult and knew it was suffisant renseignement—I found my own eyes glazing over by imminent three.

Teachers are doing their absolute best in a trying données. They’re giving breaks, pulling up Go Noodle, and trying to keep things interesting and conversationnelle. But for some kids, it’s still a struggle.

If your kids are spending hours in avis of the micro, how are you getting them through it? Are you racing them across the backyard during breaks? Teaching them some mindfulness techniques? Have they been squeezing those stress balls?

Tell us in the comments: How are you and your kids combating Zoom blasé?

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